Bruin Softball Alumnae Game a Success
Oct. 16, 2005
UCLA's annual Alumnae Game took place on Sunday afternoon at Easton Stadium and once again was a success for all in attendance. UCLA's current and former players were split into a Blue and Gold team and played to a tie through four innings before Gold team hitters Claire Sua and Emily Zaplatosch putting 11 home runs over the fence to the seven home runs hit by Tairia Mims Flowers and Stacey Nuveman for the Blue team. A change in NCAA regulations for the 2005-06 school year forced UCLA to move this Alumnae Game from its traditional January date to October of this year.
In regulation play, the Gold team started strong with four straight first-inning singles by Amanda Freed, Claire Sua, Emily Zaplatosch and Andrea Duran, with Duran's single scoring two runs on the play. The Blue team did not answer offensively until the bottom of the fourth and final inning of play. A Carissa Millsap one-out single scored pinch runner Kelsey Enquist before a Shana Stewart single to right field plated the game-tying run.
The teams then started a home run hitting contest with Claire Sua opening the festivities with five straight home runs for the Gold team, followed by six home runs put over the fence by senior catcher Emily Zaplatosch for a team total of 11 home runs. The Blue team was unable to answer, as UCLA's career doubles leader Tairia Mims Flowers was able to put just one ball over the fence, an opposite-field shot over the right field fence, before NCAA career home run record holder Stacey Nuveman put six home runs out of Easton Stadium, but it was not enough as the Blue team finished with seven home runs, four shy of a tie with the Gold team.
UCLA is scheduled to begin its 2006 season on Thursday, February 9, at the Campbell/Cartier Tournament in San Diego, Calif.